Leipzig University Lists Raila Among World’s Top 100 Most Notable Alumni.
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga‘s name appears in the list of one of the most notable alumni of the University of Leipzig in Germany.
Mr. Odinga’s name appears as number 41 on the world’s top individuals including the immediate former chancellor of Germany, Angela Markell, who leads the list, followed by the well-known philosopher Fredric Nietzsche.
Mr. Odinga is described as a politician, university teacher, and businessperson in the university’s biography before listing his political career, which included his service as Kenya’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013, leader of the opposition in Kenya since 2013, and the ministries he served in, including Minister for Energy, Roads, Public Works, and Housing.
“Odinga was appointed High Representative for Infrastructure Development at the African Union Commission in 2018,” the biography ends.
Deputy President William Ruto challenged Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga to show his academic credentials, claiming that he lacks a degree, during a rally in West Mugirango, Nyamira County.
This remark against Mr. Odinga came as Dr. Ruto defended Kenya Kwanza Alliance Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja, saying “the deep state” was out to frustrate Mr. Sakaja.
Ruto told the Jubilee government to leave Mr. Sakaja alone, stating that he is an educated hustler and city dweller with all of his academic papers in order.
“The deep state and system are making calls all over, including the Uganda Statehouse, to prevent Sakaja from becoming Nairobi Governor.
” Leave Sakaja alone, Jubilee leaders; he has enough certificates. “If there is someone with questionable credentials, it is the Azimio Presidential candidate,” Dr. Ruto said.
He added, “Where did he school, what, with who, who taught him? You cannot answer all that yet you are telling us he has a degree.”
According to public records, Mr. Odinga graduated with a Diplom in Mechanical Engineering from the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg after leaving the faculty of philosophy at Leipzig University.
The Diplom was the standard degree for all subjects in former East Germany.
Mr. Odinga posted a picture of himself on Twitter with a man he described as his former supervisor at the Otto Von Guericke University Madgeburg’s mechanical engineering lab on August 28, 2018.
“I visited my Alma Mater the Otto Von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany following an invitation from my former colleagues who presented me with a book on the history of the school.
“I also met my former supervisor Prof. Adolf Neubaue at the Mechanical Engineering lab,” he posted.
The demands of DP Ruto come at a time when several political candidates are facing court challenges to their university degree certificates.
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Governor aspirant Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and former Transport CAS Wavinya Ndeti are among them (Machakos).
Walter Mong’are of the Umoja Summit Party and Jimmy Wanjigi of the Safina Party were also disqualified from the presidential race due to a lack of university degrees.